In Spain, it is the President who controls the club and the coach is merely another pawn in his hand. Cris Coleman now comprehends the policy fully and he is not too impressed. No wonder he has resigned from his job at Real Sociedad, just days after declaring that he would remain at the San Anoeta even after a new president was elected in the first week of this month.
Sky Sports reports that Coleman has decided to step down from his job at the Spanish club which is fighting hard to get promoted to La Liga. Coleman was in charge for just 6 months during which he could win only 7 matches out of a possible 18.
This is what Coleman says:
We (Coleman and assistant manager Steve Kean) are quitting as coaches of Real Sociedad and we are leaving the posts with much sadness as it is a fantastic club. We signed for three years and we thought that would be enough time to do a good job. But things have changed. It is clear that there are different points of view over the club and how we should work.
So this is yet another classic example of how fragile and autocratic things are in Spanish football. Welshman Cris Coleman had never experienced such Presidential powers before and on the face of things now, he wouldn’t too bothered to experience it again.